In my 30 years of treating patients, here’s what I learned about many practices that accept dental insurance.
Use Inferior Materials
Lower reimbursements forces a dentist to use inferior materials (perhaps highly allergic nickel) and lower quality labs.
Pro Tip: Make sure your crown has a high-gold content.
Time is Money
With lower fees, a dentist might cut a few corners, skip a few steps, and won’t devote much attention to detail — perhaps resulting in poor fitting crowns, loose filings, or a raft of other problems.
Milking You or Your Insurance
Unfortunately, upsells are a common tactic — why yes, they’ll tell you, along with a routine cleaning, you’ll need root planning and scaling.
What to do?
Here’s a couple of other pro-tips to help you sort this all out.
- While most dentists are conscientious service providers, generally speaking, dentists who do not accept assignment of insurance are of a higher caliber.
- Don’t let your insurance coverage (or lack thereof) dictate your oral health needs.
- Be upfront with your dentist about any concerns you might have.
In the end, it’s your health.
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